From plant-based foods, to alternative meat, to preventing food waste, and efficient irrigation, see below for the full list of every food and agriculture stock in Carbon Collective's Climate Index.

Food waste and agriculture are big greenhouse gas emitters.

One-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions and 10% of US emissions in 2019 came from the agricultural sector.  Livestocks like cows, agricultural soils, and rice production accounted for much of these emissions. The meat-centric Western diet perpetuates methane-emitting cattle-ranching and land-use dedicated to mono-cropping for feedstock - both unsustainable agricultural practices.

Food waste also contributes 4.4 gigatons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year in the form of methane - roughly 8% of total anthropogenic emissions. In low-income countries, food waste is the result of weak infrastructure, lack of refrigeration, poor equipment or packaging, and combination of heat and humidity. In high-income countries, most of the food waste is intentional: retailers reject food based on their aesthetic imperfections, or consumers overestimate how much food they'll cook in a week. 

Another big source of emissions are inefficiencies in farm irrigation. That's because pumping and distributing water requires energy, releasing emissions in the process. Particularly inefficient and detrimental is "flood" or "basin" irrigation, which submerges fields to water crops. This irrigation method remains the most common approach in many parts of the world, but can cause soil erosion and water depletion by diverting it from rivers and aquifers.

There are many solutions to food waste and agriculture emissions.

Emissions from cattle-raising can be mitigated through balanced diets. Plant-based and sustainably produced animal-sourced food can both curb the global warming potential of agriculture and help us lead healthier lives. Project Drawdown estimates that if 50-75% of the world's population restricts their diet to a healthy average of 2,250 calories a day and reduces meat consumption overall, the world can cut up to 68 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 

There are numerous and varied ways to address food waste, too. Things as simple as using better storage bags, silos, or crates while transporting and storing food can make a difference. Companies can also make products and solutions to extend the shelf-life of food, thereby delaying food waste. 

As for making farm irrigation more efficient, a couple of irrigation methods are promising. Drip irrigation achieves 90% application efficiency, and sprinkler irrigates gets up to 70% precision. Project Drawdown estimates that if 286.5 million hectares of farmland worldwide can be irrigated using these methods (only 53.8 million hectares were watered by drip and sprinkler irrigation in 2018), they can save 68 billion gallons of water and 2.07 gigatons of CO2 emissions by 2050.

We need to do it fast.

Convincing every person in the world to go vegetarian or vegan is probably out of the question, especially in the short timeframe we have to combat climate change. But there are many companies that are making plant-based foods and protein sources, as well as alternative meat products, that would appeal to non-vegetarians and vegans. The challenge is for these companies to scale as fast as we need them to.

The same can be said about companies working on solutions to food waste and irrigation efficiency. We need more of these companies, but more crucially, we need the existing ones to expand.

Here are the publicly traded companies that are making it happen. This list represents all of the plant-based food, alternative meat, irrigation efficiency and food waste reduction stocks that make more revenue from Drawdown solutions than from fossil fuel-dependent business traded on the New York Stock Exchange (except for penny stocks whose share prices were less than $0.50 in our last update).

If you are a Carbon Collective member, you own all of these companies through the Climate Index.

Clean Energy Stocks in the Climate Index

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0.02%
Pure Play
Agrofresh sells products like packaging solutions that extend the shelf life of food, preventing food waste from the spoilage of produce.
0.40%
Pure Play
Beyond Meat sells various plant-based meat products. It has partnered with various fast food chains like McDonald's, KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut.
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Food Waste
Bioceres Crop Solutions
No Drawdown Solution
Bioceres' products help maximize crop yield, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solution
0.02%
Pure Play
Burcon makes plant-based products like plant proteins and dairy alternatives.
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Nutrient Management
CF Industries Holdings
No Drawdown Solution
CF Industries creates nitrogen products for agriculture but they do not help promote nutrient management, a Drawdown solution
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Food Waste
Corteva
No Drawdown Solution
BioCorteva's products help maximize crop yield, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solutionceres' products help maximize crop yield, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solution
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Nutrient Management
Flexible Solutions International
Lacks Sufficient Information
Flexible Solutions International produces nitrogen conservation products, a Drawdown solution, but also produces products for the oil and gas industries. A revenue breakdown is not present
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Food Waste
FMC
No Drawdown Solution
FMC's products help protect crops from pests, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solution
0.02%
Pure Play
Laird sells plant-based food, such as hydrate coconut water and renew plant-based proteins.
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Perennial Staple
Limoneira
Failed Revenue Filter
Limoneira 's Drawdown revenue comes from growing avocados, a perennial staple crop. It however derives the vast majority of its total revenue from other crops; this segment is categorized as fossil fuel revenue.
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Efficient Irrigation
Lindsay
No Drawdown Solution
Lindsay sells different irrigation systems and offers repair services for those systems. It also sells moveable barrier systems that help in many applications such as highway reconstruction.
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Food Waste
Marrone Bio Innovations
No Drawdown Solution
Maronne Bio's products help protect crops from pests, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solution
0.02%
Pure Play
Meatech 3D develops cultured meat products without animal slaughtering. In this process stem cells are collected without harming the animals, grown in reactors, diffentiated into fat and muscle cells, and finally formed into unstructured cultured meat products.
0.49%
Pure Play
Oatly sells plant-based dairy products made from oats.
0.02%
Pure Play
Save Foods sells post-harvest food acid and oxidizer blends that extend the shelf life of food, preventing food waste.
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Nutrient Management
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile
No Drawdown Solution
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile sells fertilizer but not in a way that promotes nutrient management, meaning they do not produce a Drawdown solution.
0.05%
Pure Play
SunOpta sells plant-based foods and beverages, many of which use almond, soy, coconut, oat, or hemp.
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Plant-based diet
Tattooed Chef
No Drawdown Solution
Tattooed Chef, sells vegetarian/vegan products, but in order to count towards the Drawdown solution of promoting a plant-based diet, a must not make products that include animal products.
0.28%
Passed Revenue Filter
Hain sells a variety of plant-based snack products like tortilla chips, whole grain chips, and pita chips.
0.33%
Passed Revenue Filter
Valmont Industries, derives its revenue in part from irrigation efficiency and improving grid flexibility, both Drawdown solutions, through the sale of precision irrigation solutions and structures for utility transmission and distribution, while receiving no revenue from the fossil fuel industry.
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Plant-based diet
Whole Earth Brands
Fails Tobacco Filter
Whole Earth Brands makes plant-based consumer packaged goods, but it also makes flavored products used by the tobacco industry, thus failing the tobacco filter
0.03%
Passed Revenue Filter
Wildan provides consulting services to clients for primarily for energy efficiency goals, grid optimization, and building retrofits, plus provides civil engineering consulting services as well.
Agrofresh sells products like packaging solutions that extend the shelf life of food, preventing food waste from the spoilage of produce.
Pure Play
Beyond Meat sells various plant-based meat products. It has partnered with various fast food chains like McDonald's, KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut.
Pure Play
Bioceres' products help maximize crop yield, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solution
No Drawdown Solution
Burcon makes plant-based products like plant proteins and dairy alternatives.
Pure Play
CF Industries creates nitrogen products for agriculture but they do not help promote nutrient management, a Drawdown solution
No Drawdown Solution
BioCorteva's products help maximize crop yield, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solutionceres' products help maximize crop yield, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solution
No Drawdown Solution
Flexible Solutions International produces nitrogen conservation products, a Drawdown solution, but also produces products for the oil and gas industries. A revenue breakdown is not present
Lacks Sufficient Information
FMC's products help protect crops from pests, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solution
No Drawdown Solution
Laird sells plant-based food, such as hydrate coconut water and renew plant-based proteins.
Pure Play
Limoneira 's Drawdown revenue comes from growing avocados, a perennial staple crop. It however derives the vast majority of its total revenue from other crops; this segment is categorized as fossil fuel revenue.
Failed Revenue Filter
Lindsay sells different irrigation systems and offers repair services for those systems. It also sells moveable barrier systems that help in many applications such as highway reconstruction.
No Drawdown Solution
Maronne Bio's products help protect crops from pests, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solution
No Drawdown Solution
Meatech 3D develops cultured meat products without animal slaughtering. In this process stem cells are collected without harming the animals, grown in reactors, diffentiated into fat and muscle cells, and finally formed into unstructured cultured meat products.
Pure Play
Oatly sells plant-based dairy products made from oats.
Pure Play
Save Foods sells post-harvest food acid and oxidizer blends that extend the shelf life of food, preventing food waste.
Pure Play
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile sells fertilizer but not in a way that promotes nutrient management, meaning they do not produce a Drawdown solution.
No Drawdown Solution
SunOpta sells plant-based foods and beverages, many of which use almond, soy, coconut, oat, or hemp.
Pure Play
Tattooed Chef, sells vegetarian/vegan products, but in order to count towards the Drawdown solution of promoting a plant-based diet, a must not make products that include animal products.
No Drawdown Solution
Hain sells a variety of plant-based snack products like tortilla chips, whole grain chips, and pita chips.
Passed Revenue Filter
Valmont Industries, derives its revenue in part from irrigation efficiency and improving grid flexibility, both Drawdown solutions, through the sale of precision irrigation solutions and structures for utility transmission and distribution, while receiving no revenue from the fossil fuel industry.
Passed Revenue Filter
Whole Earth Brands makes plant-based consumer packaged goods, but it also makes flavored products used by the tobacco industry, thus failing the tobacco filter
Fails Tobacco Filter
Wildan provides consulting services to clients for primarily for energy efficiency goals, grid optimization, and building retrofits, plus provides civil engineering consulting services as well.
Passed Revenue Filter
Agrofresh sells products like packaging solutions that extend the shelf life of food, preventing food waste from the spoilage of produce.
0.02%
Pure Play
Beyond Meat sells various plant-based meat products. It has partnered with various fast food chains like McDonald's, KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut.
No Drawdown Solution
Bioceres' products help maximize crop yield, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solution
Burcon makes plant-based products like plant proteins and dairy alternatives.
No Drawdown Solution
CF Industries creates nitrogen products for agriculture but they do not help promote nutrient management, a Drawdown solution
No Drawdown Solution
BioCorteva's products help maximize crop yield, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solutionceres' products help maximize crop yield, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solution
Lacks Sufficient Information
Flexible Solutions International produces nitrogen conservation products, a Drawdown solution, but also produces products for the oil and gas industries. A revenue breakdown is not present
No Drawdown Solution
FMC's products help protect crops from pests, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solution
Pure Play
Laird sells plant-based food, such as hydrate coconut water and renew plant-based proteins.
Failed Revenue Filter
Limoneira 's Drawdown revenue comes from growing avocados, a perennial staple crop. It however derives the vast majority of its total revenue from other crops; this segment is categorized as fossil fuel revenue.
No Drawdown Solution
Lindsay sells different irrigation systems and offers repair services for those systems. It also sells moveable barrier systems that help in many applications such as highway reconstruction.
No Drawdown Solution
Maronne Bio's products help protect crops from pests, not reduce food waste, leaving them without a Drawdown solution
Pure Play
Meatech 3D develops cultured meat products without animal slaughtering. In this process stem cells are collected without harming the animals, grown in reactors, diffentiated into fat and muscle cells, and finally formed into unstructured cultured meat products.
Pure Play
Oatly sells plant-based dairy products made from oats.
Pure Play
Save Foods sells post-harvest food acid and oxidizer blends that extend the shelf life of food, preventing food waste.
0.02%
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile sells fertilizer but not in a way that promotes nutrient management, meaning they do not produce a Drawdown solution.
Pure Play
SunOpta sells plant-based foods and beverages, many of which use almond, soy, coconut, oat, or hemp.
No Drawdown Solution
Tattooed Chef, sells vegetarian/vegan products, but in order to count towards the Drawdown solution of promoting a plant-based diet, a must not make products that include animal products.
Passed Revenue Filter
Hain sells a variety of plant-based snack products like tortilla chips, whole grain chips, and pita chips.
Passed Revenue Filter
Valmont Industries, derives its revenue in part from irrigation efficiency and improving grid flexibility, both Drawdown solutions, through the sale of precision irrigation solutions and structures for utility transmission and distribution, while receiving no revenue from the fossil fuel industry.
Fails Tobacco Filter
Whole Earth Brands makes plant-based consumer packaged goods, but it also makes flavored products used by the tobacco industry, thus failing the tobacco filter
Passed Revenue Filter
Wildan provides consulting services to clients for primarily for energy efficiency goals, grid optimization, and building retrofits, plus provides civil engineering consulting services as well.
0.03%
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